Organisers of the Motatapu off-road event, in Queenstown on
March 8, are calling for more volunteers for the event's 10th
Starting in Glendhu Bay, Wanaka, and finishing at Butler's
Green, Arrowtown, the annual race traverses the Motatapu
Valley, which is open to the public only once a year, for the
About 160 volunteers are needed for numerous roles and
locations including marshalling, manning aid stations and
handing out finishing packs to competitors.
Volunteer co-ordinator Nicole Fairweather said she encouraged
people of allages to sign up.
''Some aid stations are quite remote, with volunteers camping
overnight, and so they get to see some amazing scenery and
thousands of inspiring athletes competing,'' Ms Fairweather
''It's such a unique course, it's a real treat in be in that
environment. The competitors are always very friendly and
extremely grateful to the volunteers for giving up their time
The off-road sporting event attracts notable local and
national athletes, who have included Wanaka-based Jess
Simson, Braden Currie and Xterra world champion Nicky
All volunteers who give eight or more hours of their time
will receive a Motatapu Icebreaker T-shirt and goodie bag and
can attend a volunteers' ''thank you'' party.
The 2013 Motatapu event attracted a record number of
competitors and entries for all categories in this year's
fixture close on February 12.
Entries for the Speight's Summit Mountain Bike category
closed in record time, but there is still space for the
Icebreaker Off-Road Marathon, Arrowtown.com 15km Miners Trail
and Xterra UDC Finance Triathlon events.
• To volunteer, email Ms Fairweather on firstname.lastname@example.org
or register on the Motatapu website.